WHO YA GONNA CALL" 29 NIGHTS OF GHOSTBUSTERS, MONSTERS & MORE - A 2019 HHN/SFR/RPR TR

schumigirl

It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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This made me laugh because I love a good spreadsheet lol but I think they are less needed at US than at WDW...but still..I find them useful to keep organized, and get made fun of royally by my family.


Love CF...we got ours Toronto, first one in Canada actually, about a year ago. It's still pretty much always busy, but sometimes very much worth the wait.



I'm sorry that the custard wasn't all you'd hoped for, I'd give it another shot as I really liked the custard I got when I was there. The menu is a bit overwhelming though if you've never been there, so I totally get that!
lol......you see the funny side of it though, that’s healthy ::yes:: We met a self proclaimed “Disney family” in the Club Lounge a couple of years ago who had come for one night to experience “all” that Universal offered.....how they planned to do it in a day and a half I’ll never know.....but they had a spread sheet that would frighten the French!!! They had bathroom breaks scheduled and that’s what amazed me.......her response to my shocked face was “well this works at Disney” and guess what.......they hated Universal......lol......

I liked this family a lot from Seattle......spent some of their time visiting Disney, but loved Universal too......

Oh yes, we’ll give the custard another go......I think if it had been another flavour I’d have loved it, Tom enjoyed his and a little of mine too, but, like Kyle, he loves chocolate milk shakes. So, yes, they were very good, it was just a little strong tasting for me. Next time we’ll each choose different flavours :thumbsup2
 

schumigirl

It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
Joined
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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2ND






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It was finally here....the day we never looked forward to.

But, we would see Kyle tomorrow and that helped a lot........we got showered and dressed and went up to the lounge for breakfast as usual and took our time as although we were leaving quite early today, we didn`t have much to do this morning.......

Although our flight was still due to leave around 6.20pm, a few people were advising to be there early......not quite sure why, but we thought we might as well do that too. We were checking out at 11 which was very early for us, and just going straight to the airport. Our friend was going to be down to say goodbye to us, so that was always nice to see him....although sad too.


Once we had breakfast, we said our goodbyes and went back down to the room and finished off last minute packing and such, went down to the lobby to see a few folks too, and before we knew it, we were in the room trying to squeeze our last minute stuff in the cases......

It wouldn`t be the first time we had the conversation below.......






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Happens all the time. Of course I do understand the baggage handlers have to carry them.......

So, we have a last swoop of the rooms and head down to the lobby, it`s not fun when you pass the happy people checking in.......lol.......we do manage to say goodbye to several of the front desk staff we know well which was nice. The desk isn't too busy right now.

We stand to the side and our friend comes out at 11 on the button with two of his assistants we know well too......he was so glad we had enjoyed another wonderful vacation, and happy we had flights sorted too, although he did laugh he knew we`d have been happy to stay longer.......of course!! We chatted for a while and then eventually thanked him for everything was once again....he is a real superstar and one of the nicest men on the planet. Many hugs all round, we eventually head out with a promise we`ll email him once we get home. I have to admit seeing him makes leaving a little bit nicer somehow.....

The car is waiting and valet help us load up the car, these cases are heavy......a few years back macraven gave us as part of a gift, a lovely and very useful set of luggage scales, and we use them every year and immediately hope they`re wrong......lol.....I asked Tom were we ok for luggage weight......












I suspected we were waaaaaayyyyy over...….

As we drove round into the airport, I spotted a jumbo jet parked way over in the middle of nowhere with Atlas Air on the side. I guessed that was ours, so at least it was here.

And, before we knew where we were, we were pulling in to drop the rental off....no issues here and we got a zero on the receipt which we like to see. Alamo have always been excellent and no nasty surprises when we get home.

We go straight to what was the TC desks and they still have the TC signs up which surprised us somehow......there were quite a few people already there. So, we joined the line as there was separate line today for Premium. Of course everyone was very chatty and we all shared a similar experience this trip, it`s not everyday such a large company go under.


We did take a last picture of the TC boards for posterity...…..















About 10 minutes later a few people began to appear from the UK Government and the CAA. they had on hi vis jackets with the UK flag on so if you needed any help they were there and they were very helpful.

They spoke to everyone to make sure they were supposed to be on these two flights...….one was Atlas Air and one was Omni air......one person told us we`d be glad to be on Atlas Air. Have to admit we had never heard of them. But, they lease planes to anyone who needs them, and we discovered from Cabin Crew later, they transport the military a lot.


Waiting was interminable this afternoon. But, around an hour and a half later the CAA started handing out bottles of water and potato chips to everyone who wanted them…….we thought it was the airport, but one CAA lady told everyone British Airways had arranged for them to be handed out every single day to folks on the TC flights...….nice little touch.

The desks had been opening a little early according to the staff, but not today it seemed. But, eventually they did open them and we began to move.


Check in staff were not very friendly or sympathetic in any way to the people in front. It seemed they were loading the plane from the back which made them incredibly unhappy.....now, we`d have preferred to be at the front, but we really didn't care, as long as we were sat together.

When it was our turn we very politely asked if she needed our GE number as that gives us TSA pre check. We get it automatically with Virgin but with TC you had to give them the number to type in....she actually snapped NO at me…...well, ok then......was there a reason why I asked.....NO was the next response. The people behind us began to grumble there was no need for the attitude. But, we just wanted our boarding cards and then we could go and get some food. We were told they weren't TC staff which I could maybe understand if they were and felt aggrieved at losing their job, but this wasn't the nicest check in.

However, one good thing that happened was they were paying no heed to baggage weight.......phew.......we had been lucky here, they didn`t seem to be interested. We had only been told if you had Premium on the TC flight they would honour your extra baggage weight......if only I`d known......lol......


We had a set of two seats together and right at the very back of the plane.....we have never sat that far back on a plane, but the good thing was we had no-one behind us, so we could fully recline with no one there. We quite liked the sound of these seats.

But, it was now late afternoon and we were starving....so....we quite like the food court here, yes, it`s nothing fancy, but there is a good selection of places to choose from and well.....it`s a food court. We end up choosing Panda Express and it was pretty darn decent...….and we were ready for some food now. We sat for a while and checked the board now and again and decided to head through when it was showing as on time...….


Not having TSA precheck wasn't an issue as there were no real lines and we got through fairly quickly and no extra checks for either of us......

Once on the people mover, we fell into a real low......lol...….there are no pictures today at all....we just didn't feel like it.....


We found the gate after we purchased some water and a few snack items, we had heard the food was truly awful on this flight, that didn't bother us we could make do with anything, but we did have snacks in case. Waiting at the gate we could see the plane had now arrived at the gate, another good sign and was still showing as on time.






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The words delayed soon appeared on the board and we could see the staff at the gate looking out the window as if they were waiting for something....Pilots and CC had already boarded and we began to get concerned when one of the pilots appeared from the plane and was checking his watch...….this had a bad feeling about it.

Long story short...….after being sat there all day.....they hadn't catered it. No food had been delivered and they had no clue when it was going to arrive...….so, we had to wait even longer......everyone just wanted to board and get home now...….and they made an announcement to tell us they wanted to get home too!! I guess they were fed up with folks asking what was happening...….

The catering van did appear and they did get the food loaded, then boarding began and we were among the first to board after the folks that needed help and little kids. We knew we were straight to the back and it felt a long walk......lol…….our seats were fine and very basic.


No seat back tv`s which we had always had on planes, but we didn't care about that at all. The seats were surprisingly comfortable, although there was an almost damp smell on the plane, nothing too bad, but as far as were concerned we were so grateful to be on the plane and heading home.

Folks around us weren't happy and sadly took their annoyance out on CC.....not their fault....we had a lovely CC lady standing where we were sitting and she said they hadn't known about any of this till the last minute, she was the one who told us about the military passengers. She was very nice and very patient for putting up with some very irate passengers.


We took off around 2 hours 45 minutes late......but at least we took off. And boy is it noisy at the back of the plane!!!!

Food was served and the reviews I had seen were right.....the hot meal was dreadful, I still have no clue what it was.....but we ate some of the cheese and a few other little bits. They also had full size cans of coke and pepsi, and you could have as many as you liked...….and what we couldn't believe was people were furious there was no alcohol......seriously!!!! People were upset there was no alcohol...….we were surprised at that......


Once the food was cleared away, we got our jackets out and covered ourselves up and I had my eye mask out......we fully reclined and had loads of room......for economy seats they weren't half bad. And the couple in front of us didn't recline at all which gave us even more room.....

We slept, intermittently......we had some truly dreadful turbulence where even I was a little perturbed about how bad it felt......but I slept through most of it......


We knew by now we were never going to make the train we had booked, even by some miracle if our luggage was first off, we`d never make it. But, we`d deal with that when we got there.....breakfast was good......it really was....it was a bit like a subway sandwich with turkey and a very nice cheese, there was also fruit and yoghurt, so it wasn't bad at all.

Landing was good and of course, we parked the plane in the middle of nowhere which all added extra time for us to get through the airport.....the buses were waiting to ship us over to the main terminal and it didn't take too long for that to happen, but we were right at the back, so of course last off. But, we got over to the building and up to Passport Control which took no time at all and then down to baggage collection.....

Considering we were last off we thought the luggage might have been there, but no.....we had to wait......and again, we were so lucky ours were among the first off......we grabbed them and headed to the elevators to take us up to the level we could walk down to the level for the train station which like the Radisson, is attached by the Skywalk.


We got there as our train pulled out of the platform. But, we went over to the ticket desk and explained we had missed one as our plane was delayed, he asked if we were part of the Thomas Cook fiasco......yes!!!! He said no problem, the next train was in an hours time and they had first class seats available so he printed us off our original tickets and said to explain to the conductor we were TC passengers delayed. Fabulous.

We overheard a lady who had been on our flight too explain to another worker about being delayed, and she had brought a CAA official with her....she was being asked for proof she had been on the flight and had been booked with TC......glad we got the easy going guy...….so we went upstairs and into a coffee place and had some breakfast while we waited for the next train.


Train journey was fine, we got a table to ourselves and I was facing the right way so not to be travel sick......and it was a decent journey. I slept a little and then when we changed trains for the next part of the journey I slept a little more.

We got a taxi from the station and were home in a short time......it was cold. But, not too bad. It is nice to get back in and Kyle is still at work, so as usual, I dump everything clothes wise in the laundry room and get the washing machine going.....priorities......


Getting everything out of the cases is always a good feeling, and then we sat down to a big mug of tea......I sent our friend an email to let him know we were finally home and settled. The gave my mum a call as I knew she`d be waiting......

Kyle came in around 5.45 and it was hugs all round.....it was so good to see him...….and I think he was happy to see us...….we chatted forever, but we were all hungry now so they went for food......Tom and I had a good hot and spicy curry and Kyle had pizza...….we enjoyed a bottle of wine and spent the evening catching up on each other`s tales of the last month.


It was good to be home...…...




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To finish off this rather longer than usual Trip Report, as most will know I don't like to drag them out too long, I`ll finish this one with some passing thoughts about the whole trip, and hope I don't forget anything....or anyone.......….

We had once again had the most amazing vacation.......some people told us a month was too long......come on......did they know us at all!!!!


In 2017 we had enjoyed a long stay between NYC and Orlando and it hadn`t been too long......so we knew this would be just fine for us, and it was.

There were so many highs from this trip, I really don`t know where to begin......

The hotels were as always amazing.....we couldn`t ask for anywhere better to stay while we are in Orlando. It`s perfect for us and there really is nowhere like home to come back to time after time.....we love being there and among so many people we genuinely care about and who we always enjoy spending time with. The staff are all amazing.


Royal Pacific and Sapphire Falls will always be our home away from home while we visit Orlando.



The parks were again, fabulous......low crowds for the most part, although with EP that doesn`t affect us too much, but it`s still nice to have low crowds most of the time.....rides were brilliant and TM were fabulous.....any we interacted with couldn`t do enough for us and were always so friendly.


HHN...….well, we did enjoy it a lot....but have enjoyed others more....I think many of us have made our feelings known about how they need to up the scares......most people we know and spoke to all felt the same.....next year is their 30th Anniversary.....here`s hoping they up the terror and go back to it actually being a horror event and not a dumbed down version.......go to Disney if you don't want to be scared witless!!!!



Meeting up with friends, some new and some not so new is always fun.....we had some lovely meets and enjoyed some lovely meals and drinks with friends. Always a joy.......


Going to places like St Augustine and New Smyrna Beach are among some of our favourite things to do. We love to get out and about beyond the parks......there are so many lovely places to see beyond the parks, and we do try and see as many as possible as well as some old favourites.



The weather......what can I say, it was spectacular. Hotter than Hades some days, and some nights too, but we loved it. We had very little rain which we appreciated, as it can pour down at times, but no affect on our trip whatsoever. The heat at times was brutal, but a few visits into some air conditioning helped immensely.



Spending time together is probably too schmalzy a thing to say, especially as we spend every waking moment together at home too. But, in Orlando we have the heat and so many beautiful new places to experience together and generally enjoy the views and the heat too....and we still never have a cross word.....except for the occasional few words on whose turn it is to drive.......but we do love our time together.......and I am always grateful for all the pictures he takes for me......he is so good!!



There were no lows as such…...being delayed coming out for two days by the hurricane wasn't a lot of fun, but nothing we could do about that, Thomas Cook were brilliant with changing flights there.


And of course Thomas Cook going bust while we were out there wasn't the best news either.....but again, these things were all out of our control. We decided when we heard the news, no point in worrying about something that we couldn`t do anything about. So we didn`t worry....we carried on and enjoyed our trip.

And it was marvellous.



But, next trip is just around the corner...…..that one we are so excited about as Kyle will be with us......we have some very envious friends who would love their adult kids to travel with them still.....so we do make the most of him as one day he won`t want to come with us......I think.....lol....


But, I would like to especially like to thank each and every one of you who have commented and joined in to make this trip report a lot more fun to read.

Every single comment and response has meant an awful lot to me and I have enjoyed reading each and every one......I would love to see you all on the next TR when it`s up and running......:grouphug:






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And of course......a thought to finish up on...…….






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  • keishashadow

    Proud Redhead...yes, I have some bananas!
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    I seem to sound ultra British when I`m making a point......and maybe that worked as she backed off and I said we were leaving...….
    Backing off...As any sane person would LOL. There is definitely something about ‘that tone’ that makes those of us not used to hearing the accent stop in our tracks & pay attention

    Good work grabbing the Clinique promos. Believe you may land in MCO on “Black Friday”. Have you ever had that experience? Macy’s flyer is already out. Lots of cosmetic deals that day if you care to brave the throngs on your way to the Resort. :). I’m trying to control myself and not step foot in any of the Orlando stores that day but will be supporting our retail economy online.

    This wasn't going to work. The bedding could do with a whole suitcase on it`s own......so only one answer......Tom nipped back out to Wal-Mart and bought a large holdall that would take the bedding and some other bits...…we`d be fine now and would happily pay the extra charges we would absolutely have. I had no idea what this other airline would be like, with TC and Virgin you could call and add an extra bag at a charge before you flew home, it was usually cheaper than the charges a the airport.....but of course we had no one to call.
    Tom gets hubby of year award for braving WM on his own
    I have heard of cheese curds........seen them in a fair few places on menu’s.....but, the name does kind of put me off........I need to try them...
    I just can’t. Going to call it a textural thing, same as fresh mozzarella unless it’s cooked on a pizza. Curds are slowly finding their way into restuarants outside the Wisconsin area, not in my neck of woods though.

    Wonder if they are the same type as in nursery rhyme “curds & whey”?
    Last day ahead, then not sure I’ll have time to start the next one before we leave, but I hope to at least make a small start.......
    Do it, do it :)
    We had a set of two seats together and right at the very back of the plane.....we have never sat that far back on a plane, but the good thing was we had no-one behind us, so we could fully recline with no one there. We quite liked the sound of these seats.
    Welcome to my world, except the seats on those cheapo flights i book now & again don’t recline, nor have any sort of chargin hook ups for electronics let alone tv screens. On any flight over a few hours, it can be irritating indeed. I’m sure you were so glad to get home you’d have stood all the way!
    Getting everything out of the cases is always a good feeling, and then we sat down to a big mug of tea.....
    Wait, you unpack as soon as you get home? I am impressed.
     

    Cara

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    I loved your report. Thank you so much for sharing! I thought I caught every entry, but I may have missed it.... Did you ride the new Hagrid's experience?
     

    Owlpost23

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    Another wonderful journey comes to a close! Thanks for always sharing your adventures,Carole-it's always such a treat to read!
     
  • schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
    Joined
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    Backing off...As any sane person would LOL. There is definitely something about ‘that tone’ that makes those of us not used to hearing the accent stop in our tracks & pay attention

    Good work grabbing the Clinique promos. Believe you may land in MCO on “Black Friday”. Have you ever had that experience? Macy’s flyer is already out. Lots of cosmetic deals that day if you care to brave the throngs on your way to the Resort. :). I’m trying to control myself and not step foot in any of the Orlando stores that day but will be supporting our retail economy online.


    Tom gets hubby of year award for braving WM on his own

    I just can’t. Going to call it a textural thing, same as fresh mozzarella unless it’s cooked on a pizza. Curds are slowly finding their way into restuarants outside the Wisconsin area, not in my neck of woods though.

    Wonder if they are the same type as in nursery rhyme “curds & whey”?

    Do it, do it :)

    Welcome to my world, except the seats on those cheapo flights i book now & again don’t recline, nor have any sort of chargin hook ups for electronics let alone tv screens. On any flight over a few hours, it can be irritating indeed. I’m sure you were so glad to get home you’d have stood all the way!

    Wait, you unpack as soon as you get home? I am impressed.

    lol......apparently I have a haughty tone when I get annoyed.......maybe I just don’t use it enough......:rolleyes1

    Oh gosh no shopping for us on arrival day.......no, my guys wouldn’t be up for that at all......it’s land, car, hotel and food......maybe a good thing! Online might be an option though, I can order while I’m in the US.

    Yes, I’m not overly fond of mozzarella unless on a pizza, so maybe they’re not for me after all.

    I think we are quite spoiled with the planes we fly in.....we’re so used to all the gadgets and gizmos, it is quite a shock to go back to basics as it were....but, yes, we’d have stood the whole way if we’d had to, just getting home was good enough.

    Oh gosh yes, I’m such a goody two shoes......all laundry is done as soon as is humanly possible.......I couldn’t leave it in the cases......wish I could......

    Oh well, since you insist.......pre trip will hopefully be up soon.......:thumbsup2

    Always glad to know you enjoyed it though.....:)
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    I loved your report. Thank you so much for sharing! I thought I caught every entry, but I may have missed it.... Did you ride the new Hagrid's experience?
    Well, we did get a sneaky ride in.......but, I didn’t write about it.....it is a phenomenal ride and can’t wait for Kyle to ride it later this month with no spoilers........

    Cara, I’m so glad you enjoyed it, thank you for reading along and your comments too......hope to see you on the next one too...... :wave2:
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
    Joined
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    Another wonderful journey comes to a close! Thanks for always sharing your adventures,Carole-it's always such a treat to read!
    Thank you so much......I’m always happy to hear you enjoyed reading along, and thank you for your lovely comments........ :wave2:
     

    Tink2Day

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    What an end to a trip.....at least you got home safe and sound! ::yes::

    Can't wait for the next trip...love that you have Kyle with you on this next one, he seems to
    be such a dear young man. I know there will be tons of chocolate cake and cheese pizza for him, the more adventurous foods for you and Tom and of course your lovely cocktails.

    It's next week, right? Gosh seems like just yesterday you were writing about your last trip :rotfl2:
     
  • Dynamoliz

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    Thanks once again for entertaining us all with your Orlando adventures. I'll look forward to the next ones.

    And yes to the person who asked about 'curds and whey'. Cheese curds are those! Delicious. ;)
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    What an end to a trip.....at least you got home safe and sound! ::yes::

    Can't wait for the next trip...love that you have Kyle with you on this next one, he seems to
    be such a dear young man. I know there will be tons of chocolate cake and cheese pizza for him, the more adventurous foods for you and Tom and of course your lovely cocktails.

    It's next week, right? Gosh seems like just yesterday you were writing about your last trip :rotfl2:
    It was so good to get home with no drama or anything going wrong!

    Thank you, we think he is amazing..... :hug: we have been blessed to have a son so wonderful and we are so proud of the young man he has turned into.......and yes, chocolate and cheese pizza is definitely on the cards! We used to call him our own little Kevin McCallister as a child......cheese pizza and ice cream were his favourite treats........

    I‘m sure Tom and I will manage a few cocktails too......:rolleyes1

    :rotfl:It did just seem like yesterday didn’t it........lol......yes, it’s next week.....so excited!!!

    Thank you for being along for the ride.......always enjoyed seeing your comments.......and look forward to seeing you on the next one too......:wave2:
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    Thanks once again for entertaining us all with your Orlando adventures. I'll look forward to the next ones.

    And yes to the person who asked about 'curds and whey'. Cheese curds are those! Delicious. ;)
    Oh I did google cheese curds last night........yes, maybe not for me after all.......lol........

    Thank you!! I’m so happy you enjoyed it again, and yes, look forward to the next one, I hope you enjoy that one too....... :wave2:
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    Another great TR! Looking forward to the next one!
    Thanks so much Kathy......I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and will absolutely look forward to seeing you on the next one......not sure when, but it’ll be there....... :wave2:
     

    schumigirl

    It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts
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    Another great report, thanks for letting us join you.
    Thank you Tracey.......I’m happy to read you enjoyed it, it’s always so nice to read that you have enjoyed this one.......and absolutely hope you read and enjoy the next one too......

    Look forward to seeing you there....... :wave2:
     

    NancyLuvsMickey

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    Glad you made it home safe and sound!!! And I don't think a month is too long to take a vacation!!! It sounds perfect to me!!! :love:

    We just got back from Disney on Sunday... We had fun... But... Soooooo many people!!!! :scared: It seems to get more crowed every time we go... My husband said our next 2 or 3 vacations will NOT be Disney or Universal... :( Maybe I can talk him into going to the beach for a week...

    Can't wait to read about your next vacation at Universal since I won't be there anytime soon...
     

    smiths02

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    I'm feeling the post-vacation blues, and I didn't even go on vacation! I won't know what to do with myself if I am not living vicariously through your trip report.

    Thank you for another great report. Making me feel excited about our planned February vacation.
     

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